Scotland international James Bell will captain a Vodafone Warriors side showing several new faces plus new signings Karl Lawton and Matiu Love-Henry for Saturday’s first-round Intrust Super Premiership match against North Sydney at Mount Smart Stadium (1.00pm kick-off).

Bell has support from a group of players who took the Vodafone Warriors within a win of the ISP grand final last year – wing Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, props Chris Satae and Patrick Sipley, hooker Manaia Cherrington and fullback Zac Santo (the latter named on the interchange).

Lawton, signed from the Gold Coast Titans just last week, will have his first outing for the club at hooker.

Named at fullback for his first ISP game is 18-year-old fullback Hayze Perham, who had such an impressive second half in the club’s NRL trial against Melbourne in Rotorua.

Back in a Vodafone Warriors jersey is second rower Love-Henry, a former NYC player at the club who has returned to Auckland after a stint in Brisbane.

Also included are regular 2017 NYC playersr, Chanel Harris-Tavita, Lewis Soosemea and Joseph Vuna; Soosemea and Vuna had a brief taste of ISP football last year.

In the early game on Saturday, the Vodafone Junior Warriors will line up in the new look New South Wales Jersey Flegg Cup under-20 competition, created to replace the NYC.

 

INTRUST SUPER PREMIERSHIP

 

VODAFONE WARRIORS v NORTH SYDNEY BEARS

Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland

1.00pm, Saturday, March 10, 2018

 

VODAFONE WARRIORS 

1 HAYZE PERHAM

2 LEWIS SOOSEMEA

3 JOSEPH VUNA

4 COLE WAAKA

5 CHARNZE NICOLL-KLOKSTAD

6 CHANEL HARRIS-TAVITA

7 TEVIN ARONA

8 PATRICK SIPLEY

9 KARL LAWTON

10 CHRIS SATAE

11 MATIU LOVE-HENRY

12 JAMES BELL (c)

13 SIONE AFEMUI

Interchange:

14 MANAIA CHERRINGTON

15 TRENT SCHAUMKEL

17 REECE CHARLIE

18 DANIEL REUELU-BUCHANAN

20 ZAC SANTO          

COACH | JOHN TEINA

  

JERSEY FLEGG CUP

 

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS v NORTH SYDNEY BEARS

Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland

11.00am, Saturday, March 10, 2018

 

VODAFONE JUNIOR WARRIORS 

1 TEVITA MIKAELE

2 KAYAL IRO

3 ELIJAH SUFIA

4 PATRICK ELIA

5 EDWARD KOSI

6 PAUL TURNER

7 EIDEN ACKLAND

8 SOANE HUFUNGA (c)

9 SHELDON ROGERS

10 WESLEY VEIKOSO

11 HARVEY TUPOUNIUA

12 PRESTON RIKI

13 TAYHLER PAORA

Interchange:

14 SAM NATI

15 TOM ALE

16 LOTU INISI

17 BRODY TAMARUA

18 DYLAN TAVITA

21 SIONE TUIPOLOTU

COACH | RICKY HENRY